Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Margaret Sanger's nation of 'morons'

Margaret Sanger's nation of 'morons': "Sanger saw the poor not as a people to be helped, but as a problem to be solved, and birth control offered the perfect solution. If 'The Pivot of Civilization' is as loud and clear as a bell about this solution, 'The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger' is almost entirely silent. It is not hard to understand the silence. The autobiography was published in 1938, the same year that Joseph Goebbels made the following declaration about his fellow National Socialists:

Our starting point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked ... Our objectives are entirely different: We must have a healthy people in order to prevail in the world.

Now consider the following declaration from Sanger's 'The Pivot of Civilization,' one that makes Goebbels' proclamation seem, by comparison, a model of restraint:

... the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective. Possibly drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon American society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupid, cruel sentimentalism."

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